This friend, and fellow fan of notebooks, recently shared an insightful post on how to use them as a secret weapon to help organize your life.

Breathing In, Breathing Out by Ralph Fletcher deals specifically with the writer’s notebook—and it’s quickly becoming a fave of mine. In it, he addresses:

  • the benefits of keeping a notebook
  • creative ideas as to what to record
  • where to write
  • and lots more!

Two favorite quotes from the book:

  • “Notebooks give you a place to freeze moments, insights, or stories in which you are directly involved.”
  • “Regular notebook writing acts as a wake-up call, a daily reminder to keep all your senses alert.”

I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get in helping to keep all my senses alert these days!

If you like the idea of exploring writer’s notebooks but would rather not invest $20.00 to do so, check out this book written by the same author. It’s targeted more towards a children’s audience but it includes much of the same basic information as the adult version. Ralph Fletcher’s entire children’s writing series is worth every penny.

So, what will you jot down in your notebook today?